Sullivan Looks to Continue Winning Streak
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a successful spring break that included stints at home and on the road, the No. 36-ranked Yale women's tennis team will try to preserve its perfect home record Saturday as it takes on Rutgers. The Bulldogs currently boast a 10-2 record on the season and are coming off a third-place finish at the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic punctuated by wins over Pepperdine and then-ranked No. 40 Ohio State.
The Bulldogs have recently found a rhythm in doubles, where they have claimed the point in five of their last seven matches. Senior captain Elizabeth Epstein and junior Annie Sullivan are 6-2 together this season and have played mostly at No. 1. Sullivan, who plays Nos. 3-4 singles, is undefeated with an 11-0 record.
Currently at 10-5 (4-2 in the Big East), Rutgers has shown strength this season, especially against out-of-conference opponents. The Scarlet Knights recently completed a trip to Florida where they recorded wins over Barry and California (Pa.) but lost to Nova Southeastern. The team's only 7-0 loss of the season came against Princeton on Feb. 16.
Epstein, Yale's No. 2, who ranks No. 46 in the country, will face a challenge this weekend from Gina Li, who is currently 11-3 in her first season of collegiate tennis. Playing with Sullivan, Epstein will also see a tough opponent on the doubles front: Li and her partner Vanessa Petrini are 8-2 at No. 1 doubles this season. Petrini, who plays No. 1 singles, will likely face Yale freshman Madeleine Hamilton.
The Bulldogs' meeting with Rutgers is their last match before beginning Ivy League play and their last home match until Apr. 13. It will take place in the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center at 12 p.m. Saturday.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity